New ways of predicting violent incidents in clinical settings
Turner, Katie (2014) New ways of predicting violent incidents in clinical settings. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
Aggressive behaviour in people with intellectual disability is a far reaching problem, estimated to be expressed by 7% of the population of people with intellectual disability. People with intellectual disability who are aggressive often experience an inequality in service provision. Carers who work in aggressive environments can find the management of aggression an overwhelming challenge and may suffer burnout. At a service level, providing suitable care for people who may be aggressive, whilst also providing a comprehensive care package, is very difficult. Aggression in people with intellectual disability is more prevalent than in equivalent cared for groups, but there is little research to date on the sequential nature of that aggression. Like all behaviour, aggression occurs as part of a sequence, and a crucial part of understanding violent behaviour in people with intellectual disability is to understand the nature of their aggression, and especially the (temporal) structure of these episodes, as well as the potential factors involved. Current research in aggression in people with intellectual disability focuses on the nature of static risk factors, mental health issues and the function that aggressive behaviour provides for the individual expressing it.
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